From the desk of Martha Stickner, the Senior Event Coordinator at the Bayfront Convention Center:
I began my career here when the Bayfront Convention Center initially opened for the first year of operation. I moved back to Erie from New York City in 2008 and knew I had to get my foot in the door at this one-of-a-kind event center. I pursued other ventures and opportunities for a few short years then came back to the BCC team in 2011. During the past three, going on four years, no day is ever the same and that’s what keeps things interesting for me!
I am often referred to as the Wedding Specialist of this fabulous waterfront venue. I wear many hats when it comes to planning, from small meetings, to trade shows, to weddings and even concerts. Typically my day is filled with meeting new and current clients to go over all the details of upcoming events. Then, I update our booking software so the information is relayed to all departments. Just about every day there is something scheduled, so it’s the Event Coordinators job to confirm each event and make sure it’s executed properly.
Erie is known for the Great Lake and we are lucky to have such a unique facility that’s located on the Bayfront with water views. That is one of the many reasons we attract so many diverse groups. I work on several weddings a year and more often than not the couples that get married here are from out of town and choose the Bayfront as a destination location where families can meet in the middle. Couples come from near and far including, Florida, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York City, Washington and Virginia just to name a few! There are many things to consider when planning a wedding, so it is my job to ensure the day goes smoothly from start to finish. The best part of my job is ‘making dreams come true’ to many couples who entrust their special day with us. I feel like I have been married more than 100 times!